Oxnard man is suspected gang member wanted on two warrants out of Ventura. A woman with him was detained, later released



The suspect arrested by Taft Police on the 600 block of Center Street Monday has been identified as Eduardo Sandoval Jr. 21, of Oxnard.

Sandoval is charged in two warrants with contempt of court/disobeying a court order and participation in a criminal street gang  and robbery, Taft Police said.

Sandoval was taken to the Taft Jail to be held pending extradition to Ventura County on the two warrants,  Lt. Pete Aranda said.

"Sandoval has prior arrests for obstructing and resisting as well as being an alleged member of a criminal street gang," Chief of Police Ed Whiting said.   "The was an outstanding warrant issued for street terrorism and robbery from the Ventura County Sheriff with a bail amount of $480,000.00. 
Police began watching Sandoval after receiving information he was hiding in the Taft area.

Just before noon, Sandoval and a woman whose identity has not been released were seen getting into a vehicle from a residence on the 100 block of North Street.
Police followed the vehicle to the downtown area, then multiple police units surrounded it when it parked on the 600 block of Center Street.

Officers with guns drawn ordered both people out of the car.

The woman was detained briefly but released and is not being charged, Aranda said.

Sandoval was arrested at gunpoint and jailed.

Chief of Police Ed Whiting said a decision was made not to try to arrest Sandoval at the residence where he was staying to avoided a standoff.